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MARY LOUISE (TRUELOVE) STELLHORN, 93, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Coventry Meadows Nursing Home, Fort Wayne. Born Oct. 24, 1918, in Indianapolis, she was a daughter of the late Dr. A.O. and Esther L. (Zinkan) Truelove. At the age of 12, Mary started teaching neighborhood kids to dance. Later she opened her own dance studio, 'Truelove Dance Studio' teaching tap, jazz, and acrobatics. In later years, she taught dance, exercise and water aerobics at the Y.W.C.A. for a period of 30 years. Many people in the City of Fort Wayne have Mary to thank for their dancing abilities. In the early 1980's, she started the Alley Cat Senior Dance Troupe and was the volunteer instructor and choreographer until 2010. Over the years, she was honored with various awards, the most cherished of which was the 'Ray Sears Award', presented to her in 1991 by Senator Richard Lugar for promoting exercise and fitness in Fort Wayne. Most recently she was honored by the Parks and Recreation Community Center as the 'True Spirit of the Alley Cats'. "Dance is the hidden language of the soul", a quote by internationally known dancer Martha Graham sums up Mary's successful life of dancing and teaching dance for over 76 years. For all who knew her, she was an inspiration. She was a member of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority, and Red Hat Society and Purple Cat Society. Survivors include her Godchild, Christine Myers of Columbia City; sister-in-law, Irma Andrews of Fort Wayne; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Stellhorn. Mass of Christian Resurrection is 10 a.m. Saturday at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 S. Calhoun St., with calling one hour prior. Msgr. Robert Schulte officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at Mungovan & Sons Memorial Chapel, 2114 South Calhoun St., with a Rosary at 3 p.m. Burial in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to the Masses at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or donor's choice.
D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Mungovan & Sons Memorial Chapel
2114 South Calhoun Street Ft. Wayne, IN 46802
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Sept. 25, 2012